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BillS
04-26-2011, 09:27 AM
I almost didn't post this, because of the knee-jerk reactions from some people, but it is a question I wanted to put out there.

Suppose we win tonight and the series returns to Indiana for Game 6. We once again get swamped by Bulls fans and we lose the game (and series).

Does that kill the good will and excitement that we gained by winning Game 4 at home? Does the pain of seeing a house full of Bulls fans celebrating as if they'd just won the Finals take away all the pleasure we've had watching the Pacers grow?

I'd never want the team to do anything but go out and win, but in the back of my mind it makes me think that winning our last home game is absolutely mandatory - and winning 3 in a row from the Bulls isn't going to be easy.

Trader Joe
04-26-2011, 09:28 AM
No, it would not ruin it.

daschysta
04-26-2011, 09:34 AM
If it happens just remember that the bulls fans are having to celebrate that much only because we, as an 8th seed have managed to get under their skin and play them so tough.

I would be a bit ashamed of our fanbase though, these are the types of underdog stories hoosiers are supposed to eat up.

The team deserves support for the heart and effort that they've left on the floor.

Plus this would be during the week, I'd reckon the crowd would be closer to game 3's than game 4's, the former being a much better pro pacers crowd (numerically) than in game four.

Dgreenwell3
04-26-2011, 09:41 AM
I think the key thing for us to remember is that we are the 8th seed. The fact that we r here is great BUT, it's not over. If we outwork the Bulls, they are beatable. If this series gets back to Indy, I think that seed of doubt will be placed into Chi-towns players.

asmithxc
04-26-2011, 10:23 AM
The crowd for a Game 6 would be much, much more pro-Pacers. A few reasons, in my opinion:

Bulls fans were buying tickets for Game 4 (and Game 3 to an extent) as soon as they went on sale because they wanted to see the closing game of the first round (expecting a sweep). They haven't done that for Game 6.

Game 4 was on a Saturday afternoon. It was easy for Bulls fans to plan in advance to take a trip down to Indy on a Saturday. It is far more difficult to do the same on a Thursday, particularly when they won't plan on going more than a day or two in advance.

While Bulls fans were trying to buy tickets up for games 3 and 4 as soon as they went on sale, casual Pacers fans were wary- they didn't want to get tickets to see a team get swept and blown out. If we win in Chicago and come back for Game 6, casual fans will be energized by the fact that we have proven we can not only compete but win.

Peck
04-26-2011, 11:56 AM
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joeyd
04-26-2011, 11:57 AM
I have talked to many people at work whom I have gone to games with or given tickets to. Many are casual fans, but most of them are talking about going to Game 6 if it happens. So getting the casual fans back will help.

The other reason why we will not expect a sea of red is that I suspect that nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of the tix are already bought up by STHs and other diehard Pacer fans. The Bulls fans are so cocky that surely they don't expect a Game 6, so it's doubtful that many of them have purchased their tickets yet. Therefore, even assuming a 50/50 split in regard to who gets through to Ticketmaster first, I would envision that at worst, the crowd would only be 25% Bulls fans, and their chants can be squashed just as they were in Game 3.

cdash
04-26-2011, 11:58 AM
Would Game 6 be Thursday? I don't think it would quite as bad on a weekday. But I still don't think that would ruin anything. We are playing with house money at this point, even moreso if we force a Game 6.

Unclebuck
04-26-2011, 12:01 PM
Bill, my excitement is more about how well the team has played, the style they are playing and the approach the team is taking. Winning game #4 was great for many reasons but even if they had lost game #4, I would still be excited about how they have played in this series. And although the number of Bulls fans especially on Saturday angered me that does not take away how I feel about the Pacers team.

Bball
04-26-2011, 12:22 PM
What is this Game 6 you speak of? Game 5 is tonight and that is the only game that matters right now.

BoomBaby33
04-26-2011, 12:49 PM
I have talked to many people at work whom I have gone to games with or given tickets to. Many are casual fans, but most of them are talking about going to Game 6 if it happens. So getting the casual fans back will help.

The other reason why we will not expect a sea of red is that I suspect that nearly 1/3 to 1/2 of the tix are already bought up by STHs and other diehard Pacer fans. The Bulls fans are so cocky that surely they don't expect a Game 6, so it's doubtful that many of them have purchased their tickets yet. Therefore, even assuming a 50/50 split in regard to who gets through to Ticketmaster first, I would envision that at worst, the crowd would only be 25% Bulls fans, and their chants can be squashed just as they were in Game 3.

I dont consider myself a casual fan because I can only go to about 3-4-5 games a year. I watch every game that is on FSI , and am on PD quite often, even though I dont post much. I just dont get a chance to go because of other commitments and financial constraints.

That being said, I consider myself an avid fan, and I wouldnt miss this game for anything. I am definitely going to game 6. I hope other fans like myself are going to step up to the plate.

imbtyler
04-26-2011, 12:50 PM
What is this Game 6 you speak of? Game 5 is tonight and that is the only game that matters right now.
IF we get to game 6 (as Bball says), and we lose to the Bulls in front of our home crowd, in our house, I still wouldn't be disappointed. According to critics, experts, and everyone, we weren't "supposed" to win a single game. And we did that. If we win tonight's game, I'll be even more proud, because we beat the odds. Even if we lose game 6 back at home, we've gone farther than anyone expected, and farther than we've been in years. Our Pacers deserve far more respect than they've received, and this series is just another step to making next year's playoffs.

spazzxb
04-26-2011, 12:57 PM
What is this Game 6 you speak of? Game 5 is tonight and that is the only game that matters right now.

So are you another poster who "can't change there mood" , Or do you just like to bring up the old coach every time you post?

Also the casual fans weren't in the arena game 4. If there is a game six it won't be Chicago fans influencing there perception of the team. The fans that need brought back are watching on tv. If they are in the crowd the Chicago fans won't be. But as you stated lets just worry about tonight.

90'sNBARocked
04-26-2011, 01:40 PM
If it happens just remember that the bulls fans are having to celebrate that much only because we, as an 8th seed have managed to get under their skin and play them so tough.

I would be a bit ashamed of our fanbase though, these are the types of underdog stories hoosiers are supposed to eat up.

The team deserves support for the heart and effort that they've left on the floor.

Plus this would be during the week, I'd reckon the crowd would be closer to game 3's than game 4's, the former being a much better pro pacers crowd (numerically) than in game four.



My Man u rock!!!!

I have been peepin your posts on RealGM Bulls Boards, Ia m not a memeber but sooooooooooo many times I wouldnt to jump in and comment

Are those Bulls posters not the most arrogant sons of *****es?

They whine , complain, abuse etc

Way to stick up for the Pacers , fam

TheDon
04-26-2011, 01:42 PM
I would wager that there would be more Pacers fans than bulls if a game 6 were to occur mainly because it wasn't anticipated by bulls fans to ever get that far and to make all the arrangements in a few days to get here would be a little harder. That is of course assuming that most of the Bulls fans aren't the bandwagon jumping losers from around Indy and surrounding areas. I'm giving a lot of people the benefit of the doubt cause a lot of people seem to be seeing a lot of cars with the Illinois license plates.

daschysta
04-26-2011, 07:18 PM
My Man u rock!!!!

I have been peepin your posts on RealGM Bulls Boards, Ia m not a memeber but sooooooooooo many times I wouldnt to jump in and comment

Are those Bulls posters not the most arrogant sons of *****es?

They whine , complain, abuse etc

Way to stick up for the Pacers , fam

Heh, thanks!

Go pacers!

mattie
04-26-2011, 07:23 PM
What is this Game 6 you speak of? Game 5 is tonight and that is the only game that matters right now.

Ok Tony Dungy.

BoomBaby31
04-26-2011, 07:25 PM
NO! It doesn't kill it. If someone said we are going to go 6 games with the Bulls three weeks ago 1 in 100 would say that's crazy talk. They have the best record in the NBA and we aren't even .500 team. This is a very competitive series; no matter what happens we are the winners here. I have very high doubts (if they get to the next round) they win more than 2 games. We are beating them up mentally and physically even though we aren't coming away with the wins.

idioteque
04-26-2011, 07:30 PM
I almost didn't post this, because of the knee-jerk reactions from some people, but it is a question I wanted to put out there.

Suppose we win tonight and the series returns to Indiana for Game 6. We once again get swamped by Bulls fans and we lose the game (and series).

Does that kill the good will and excitement that we gained by winning Game 4 at home? Does the pain of seeing a house full of Bulls fans celebrating as if they'd just won the Finals take away all the pleasure we've had watching the Pacers grow?

I'd never want the team to do anything but go out and win, but in the back of my mind it makes me think that winning our last home game is absolutely mandatory - and winning 3 in a row from the Bulls isn't going to be easy.

This concern is why the revenge storyline is so popular.

Not that I'm thinking about revenge. As far as I'm concerned, the Bulls will be the one seeking it next year.